April 16, 2018 Subject:
Firstly, that Dark Star is wicked! Definitely one of my favorites! Moving on, The Eleven also stood out - I couldn't help but smiling at so many points.
The last bit of the 2nd Cryptical was also killer. I had to pick my jaw off the floor on multiple occasions.
Overall, this is fantastic Grateful Dead show with a pretty awesome sound. No complaints from me!
March 4, 2017 Subject:
Very fine 69'!!
Reviewer:Go Faster, Get Rounder
April 26, 2015 Subject:
Spring of 1969. Great fidelity recording. It just doesn't get much better than this.
Dark Star is a treat. Some great work in the middle segment with Jerry in particular pulling new licks out right and left, some unique almost Sputnik stuff after that, then they move into one of the most powerful climaxes of any Dark Star, and a Sitting on Top of the World tease before the final verse. Exquisite transition into a solid St. Stephen although I find the tempo just a bit hurried and there is a kind of a "what was that moment" where it almost seems like Jerry is about to laugh and another rocky spot.
They recover for a great William Tell bridge-- a really, really well done one in fact. The first 5 minutes or so of The Eleven are just exquisite. Then there is a kind of a weird period--seems like maybe something isn't working quite right--then they muff the lyrics, then they get it working again, then Jerry just drops out, but Bob and Phil get a nice little jam going. Jerry comes back without about a minute left, but they just wind it up. It is a flawed version, for sure, but it has some absolutely great moments too.
A pretty exemplary Death Don't Have No Mercy. Same with Lovelight, which just crackles with energy. Jerry rips it up in the first part, but it doesn't quite finish as strong, which they rarely do.
The That's It for the Other One is one of the best. Superb version, particularly the Cryptical Reprise. Just brimming with originality. They tease an early end and going into Cosmic Charlie, I think later one they did cut short and go there, but this time they come back into another 4 minutes of Cryptical Reprise that is just amazing. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
April 21, 2015 Subject:
This is the fire!
Great versions of The Eleven and The Other 1. '69 Dead at it's finest!
March 29, 2014 Subject:
October 23, 2013 Subject:
Jerry does it again
That Dark Star just gave me the chills. The crescendo at the end is seriously intense.
September 24, 2012 Subject:
17 seconds of drums gets it's own track? Aren't we getting a little silly now?
Why wouldn't the second set just be one track - That's It For The Other One?
March 31, 2012 Subject:
take some coke?
Is that what Jerry says at the end of Lovelight?
Shame on him. Another typically rip roaring '69 set.
March 28, 2012 Subject:
This is the stuff
Hot hot show - when Dark Star was Dark Star. Pigs harmonica is a little high on Schoolgirl, but a minor volume adjustment is all that's needed to enjoy. I love how he (pig) express' his thanks at the end of the song. As mentioned in another post, The Eleven is really strong- great Philbass comin' through, hearty jamming. I wished this song had remained in the line up over the years, but if i recall correctly, one of the members proclaimed the lyrics to be stupid and hard to sing. Either way, this is a typical smokin' '69 show that should be enjoyed. Thankfully it hasn't been commercially released yet.
~ Let the good times roll
March 25, 2011 Subject:
Outstanding Death Don't
While not the tightest '69 show out there, this show features a typically beautiful Dark Star and one of my all-time favorite versions of Death Don't Have No Mercy. Jerry has two separate solos, and each buzzes and stings like an angry hornet. Though not as magisterial as, say, 2/28 or 3/2/69, this is a Death Don't for the ages.
January 4, 2011 Subject:
most of 69 are definetly 5stars. this one is another one. fantastic
July 14, 2010 Subject:
how bout everything else?
i can cite many elevens that are far superior to this; garica fumbles quite a bit on guitar and later seems to be having some equipment trouble...but it does allow for bobby to step up a bit :)
the rest of this is pretty fantastic tho...yet another epic '69 dark star, ranging from brutally intense to quietly psychedelic and beautiful, a serious as death death don't, and a great TIFTOO suite among the highlights...
June 16, 2010 Subject:
chose this show for the 11.
June 11, 2008 Subject:
Wow! Jerry is jamming on the Guitar
Wow! Jerry is jamming on the Guitar
Man oh man Jerry was in the zone in this tape.
Some of the best dark star jamming I have ever heard.
His picking and jamming is AMAZING!
March 9, 2008 Subject:
Thank you to Mr. Milller and associates for cleaning up this show. Sounds terrific. This is definately an improvement on the previous version on the site!
Thnak you archive!
Love the early Darkstar found here.
March 8, 2008 Subject:
What a superb sounding show for the era. Thank you Mr. Miller and Mr. Bertrando for yet another gem. Checked in deadbase and other references and confident this should be re-loaded as 1969-03-28. Thanks again for all these shows.